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The Cyberlink Interface: Hands Free Brain-Body Actuated Control for Augmentation and Enhancement of Human Computer Interaction

Andrew M. Junker, Ph.D. & Christian R. Berg
BRAIN ACTUATED TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
139 EAST DAVIS ST.
YELLOW SPRINGS, OH 45387

The Cyberlink(TM) control interface has been available to the special needs market for approximately one-year. During this time a better understanding of the effectiveness of the interface and its potential for the future have been gained. When specifying an augmentative communication and control (AAC) system, usually one control or another is chosen. We usually do not think of combining controls. Due to the unique capabilities of the Cyberlink interface, we have discovered that advantages can be gained when a user combines the Cyberlink interface with other AAC controls.

For example one user found that they can use the Cyberlink effectively for command and control of the mouse cursor while using Dragon Naturally Speaking(TM) for text entry. Making use of the Cyberlink for mouse control has reduced the problem of voice strain. By combining both systems the user is able to work full days. Prior to using the Cyberlink system the user was limited to working half-days due to excessive voice strain.

In another situation, prior to using the Cyberlink interface, a user was only able to use an external switch for discrete computer input. This user had no way to achieve continuous cursor control. Combining the Cyberlink with the external switch has given the user the ability to exercise both discrete and continuous control at the same time.

In this presentation the Cyberlink control interface will be demonstrated and explained. Ways in which it can be combined with other computer input modalities will be presented as well.


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